As the name might suggest, this blog post is dedicated to Gabe, my neurotic but faithfully constant companion.
Our journey began 908 days ago when I met him at the Nevada Humane Society. He was promised to be "a relaxed 8-12 year old dog, wishing to spend his golden years in a loving home." Gabe is neither of those things.
Gabe is a free-spirited dog who loves to bite refrigerators and run along our fence-line, jumping up to scare passersby. So, really normal dog stuff. If I'm honest, I prefer Gabe this way. As a slightly-less-than-normal person myself, I think it would give me anxiety to have a normal dog. Instead, Gabe and I get to live perfectly content in our blissed-out weirdness.
This doesn't mean we don't have problems just like normal couples. One of our issues stems from Gabe's joy in being an early-riser. I like to wake up around 6:30 am, but Gabe prefers a few hours before that. He hates being alone so he like to wake me up with his melodic, resounding bark. I am so lucky.
Recently, while I was out of town, Gabe got to go on vacation to my parent's house. They live on an acre of beautiful green grass so it really is vacation for him. He spends every day there chasing rabbits and frolicking in the sprinkler system. Sign me up! But this last trip had a few bumps in the road. My adventurous dog went exploring one day and came back smelling like a dead animal carcass. I didn't see a problem with this, however, my mom did. So this is the story of how Gabe lost his beautiful fluffy coat. He was shaved. Now, with his oversized ears he resembles Bartok instead of a Border Collie.
If by some chance you are a stranger reading this (and not a friend or family member I forced to be supportive of my creative career), you now know a little bit about Gabe. He is a frisky fellow doing the best he can, just like the rest of us and if I have learned anything from my bandana-wearing sidekick it's this: don't let your fear of shadows get you down.
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